Surfing: Los Courage Camps in photos

When I first surfed in Malibu at 17, I got out of the water, frustrated by all the right-of-way stealers.

In surfing parlance these people are called snakes. They paddle into another surfer on purpose to steal wave priority. Lasted less than an hour, I chose to sit on the sand rather than try to ride some of the beautiful waves.

I never tried surfing Malibu again, but have come to admire its waves many times.

Cecilia Chavez takes a stroll with Emily Macias and Camila Aguayo while watching the Queen of the Point surfing competition.

Cecilia Chavez (center) walks with Emily Macias (left) and Camila Aguayo as they watch the Queen of the Point surfing competition at First Point in Malibu.

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Carolina Santiago and instructor Jean Pierre Pereat (right) ride a wave during an event at Los Courage Camp at First Point.

Carolina Santiago and instructor Jean Pierre Pereat (right) ride a wave during an event at Los Courage Camp at First Point in Malibu.

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On a recent Saturday, hundreds of people gathered for the Queen of the Point, a women-only longboard surfing competition at First Point Beach in Malibu. Longboarders flock to the beach for the right hand point waves. First Point is hailed as one of the best breaks in the world.

Dahlia Castaneda jumps up to touch a board just before hitting the water for a surf lesson at First Point in Malibu.

Dahlia Castaneda jumps up to touch a board just before hitting the water for a surf lesson at First Point in Malibu.

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Participants at a Los Courage Camp event play in the water before trying to surf at First Point in Malibu.

Participants at a Los Courage Camp event play in the water before trying to surf at First Point in Malibu.

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By 11 a.m. the crowd was packed with competitors, their families and friends, and judges as 30 young Latinas gathered under a blue canopy looked forward to the day’s events sponsored by El Barrio Athletic Club and Los Courage Camps groups led by Founder Giselle Carrillo who wanted to inspire the Latinx community with the ocean and outdoor activities. She wants to strengthen the community in the water and give Latinas the opportunity to try surfing.

Mila Jituboh takes tips from a surf instructor on how to surf at First Point in Malibu.

Mila Jituboh takes tips from a surf instructor on how to surf at First Point in Malibu.

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Attendees at a Los Courage Camp event watch as an instructor shares surfing tips at First Point in Malibu.

Attendees at a Los Courage Camp event watch as an instructor shares surfing tips at First Point in Malibu.

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Carrillo has a lively and positive personality. She is an easy person to talk to. It’s easy to see the young Latinas who had been with her all day flock to her as she led them into the water and tugged out a string of seaweed for all to watch. She then shared tips on how to deal with breaking waves and set them up on the shore for a surfing lesson.

Giselle Carrillo poses for a photo with Genesis Mendoza in front of a row of longboards at First Point in Malibu.

Giselle Carrillo, left, poses for a photo with Genesis Mendoza in front of a row of longboards at First Point in Malibu.

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Nathalie Noboa and Giselle Carrillo hang out with Los Courage campers Lola Faulhammer and Arianna Chavez at First Point in Malibu

Nathalie Noboa, left, and Giselle Carrillo, second from left, speak with Los Courage Campers Lola Faulhammer, second from right, and Arianna Chavez at First Point in Malibu.

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At 2:00 p.m., the competition took a one-hour break to clear the water for Carrillo’s girls to surf. Competitors and spectators even offered their expertise during the hour. It was a mark of respect to offer such a platform for beginners.

Isabel De Leon paddles to a wave during a Los Courage Camp event at First Point.

Isabel De Leon paddles to a wave during a Los Courage Camp event at First Point in Malibu.

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Umi Fabiola Kobayashi gives high fives to a surf instructor during a surf lesson at First Point.

Umi Fabiola Kobayashi high-fives a surf instructor during a surf lesson at First Point in Malibu.

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At no time other than during a break in competition could the water be cleared in this way. Any other day the water would be a mix of people wanting to share the space.

It was a special sight.

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Emma Bowman

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